Travel theme: Flavour

I’ve been trying to keep up with the backyard’s berry harvest…

blackcurrants, raspberries

…and figured if I’m going to the trouble to preserve these little jewels, I might as well come up with some interesting flavour combinations that you cannot find in the stores. Some of the tastiest combos I’ve dabbled with include raspberry rosewater, blackcurrant espresso and lemon blackcurrant rhubarb  – I’ve still got a pile of blackcurrants so if anyone has any favourite blackcurrant recipes, do send them my way.

jam, blackcurrant rhubarb, raspberry rosewater

Inspired by my culinary adventures I went ruffling through my photos for some flavoursome moments on my travels, starting with street market spices in Manhattan.

street market spices

The flavour that reminds me of travels in Turkey, rich, dark pomegranate.

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Sauces that pack a flavour punch Montana Redneck style. Spotted on a road trip across, yhup, you guessed it, Montana.

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Umpqua Black Licorice ice cream in Leavenworth, Washington’s Bavaria away from home. The ice cream that’s as fun to say (repeat after me, Umpqua) as it is to eat. But beware, you will walk around for the rest of the day with strangely grey-green lips and teeth. Not for the faint-hearted.

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Are you ready to come up with your own flavour of the week? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Flavour (or flavor if you prefer 🙂 )
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Watch out for the next travel theme which will come out next weekend
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❤ Ailsa

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote

Here’s something pompous – you take your day and artistically create it, so every moment has an artistic flavor. – William Shatner


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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65 Responses to Travel theme: Flavour

  1. Black currant espresso sounds delicious to me. All of these fruits look great. I always like seeing your travel posts.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Blaise, yes, the espresso works really well with the blackcurrant, it’s a properly grown up jam! 🙂

      • I tried to make jams but found that sometimes they stiffened up. I want to try and stick with non-pectin recipes. Have you been making jams long?

        • ailsapm says:

          I’ve been making jam for quite a few years, I hardly ever use sugar with added pectin because I don’t like the way it makes the jam set. Raspberries don’t need added pectin, they make a lovely jam consistency with their natural pectin content, blackcurrants are packed with their own pectin, one of my favourite jams is rhubarb blackcurrant (1 kg rhubarb, 200g blackcurrants, 1.2 kg sugar, 2 tsp lemon juice) – the rhubarb is low in pectin but the blackcurrants have so much they make it set perfectly.

  2. Dee says:

    Anything with espresso has to be good… Great post!

  3. Love, love, love all those berries! But definitely NOT Black Licorice ice cream. Ewwwwww! 🙂


  4. Olga says:

    Love your post with a tang of flavorful jazzy! My mother always said that raspberries are a gift from heaven. ❤

  5. Leya says:

    Busy you are! With lovely results – and flavours! Raspberries are heaven sent…My entry is one of my favourite cakes Have a gret week!

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  7. aj vosse says:

    I think I just need to come help you harvest all those delicious berries!! Gin… how about berry gin?? Blackcurrant vodka? Get your Christmas juices sorted now!! How about my favourite… R&R? No… not rest and recuperation… RUM & Raspberry!! 😂🍷😎🍸😋

  8. Sue says:

    I’m just looking for some food to post for you….

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  10. 76sanfermo says:

    Love every bit of these flavours !…….

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    • ailsapm says:

      Squee, I know that fudge stall at the Manchester Christmas Markets, oh so good – I used to get the ginger fudge every time I passed by, I could not resist!

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  15. meliphagidae says:

    How do you make a blackcurrant espresso?

    • ailsapm says:

      It was actually the flavour of a jam that I made – I simmered blackcurrants in water, added some smashed coffee beans and let it steep for half an hour, then strained everything, added sugar and lemon juice and boiled to turn it into a jam. The coffee flavour comes through really well when you spread it on hot toast, yum! 🙂

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  17. Love to eat. Love this theme! Thanks for thinking of something that appeals to all of us!

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  19. travelrat says:

    My contribution at …. and I wish WP would stop telling me how to spell ‘flavour’ !! 😀

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  23. Jackie says:

    I’ve made jams in my breadmaker and they come out great.

    Here’s my entry –

  24. Debbie Smyth says:

    I struggled to think of any decent flavour images in my collection. But suddenly your liquorice shot helped me.

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  28. Cee Neuner says:

    You made me hungry with your photos.
    Here is my entry for the week.

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  34. I have seen so many beautiful foods and flavours in my travels, but this one sticks out:

  35. Khris says:

    Looks good.

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